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Linen is known as the world’s strongest natural fiber and is far more durable than cotton. The strength of the fiber directly contributes to the strength of the fabric the garment is made of. Thus, linen clothing is very long-lasting.
Linen clothes will not lose their shape after washing, if anything, they will become softer and more pleasant to the skin over time.
If properly looked after, it’s possible your linen garments won’t disintegrate for generations to come. That's probably one of the best benefits of wearing linen!
Easy to care for
Above we mentioned that appropriate care is important to linen garments. However, that doesn’t mean it requires super special treatment.
Linen fabric can be machine washed — all you need to bear in mind is to use cold water and not use bleach or detergents with optical whiteners, as those tend to weaken the fiber. You can tumble dry your linen clothes or hang them to dry naturally.
Another good thing about linen clothes is that it doesn’t need to be ironed to look good. High-quality linen is wrinkly and those wrinkles are part of its beauty — that effortless elegance that is achieved with linen clothing rarely applies to any other material. Wrinkly cotton or silk will look messy, whereas linen fabric will shine in all of its glory.
Linen is very breathable, allows air to move around freely and thus, releases moisture very fast. That’s not to say it is anti-allergic — it will not remove your allergies altogether, but linen clothes are definitely a safe choice for anyone experiencing some type of discomfort - such as night sweats.
This important property of flax fabric distinguishes it from other natural fibers. Anciently known that abrasion under a linen bandage heals much faster. Contained in flax material - silica - prevents the growth of bacteria, suppresses harmful microflora, acting as natural anti-virus, anti-microbial and anti-fungal agent.
Suitable for every season
Natural flax fiber is indispensable for any season. On hot days, a product made of linen creates a cooling effect - the temperature between its surface and the skin stays a few degrees cooler. During cold weather, linen preserves heat and allows you to warm up quicker.
Flax, from which linen is made, is actually used to make home insulation products. The reasons behind it are the same as with clothing: flax/linen are natural insulators and are capable of releasing excess humidity.
Environmentally friendly, ethically sourced and made clothing is becoming increasingly popular now, and we hope that continues into the future. Linen clothing inherently falls in this category because flax plant cultivation is by far more sustainable than that of cotton.
The flax plants are very resilient, can grow in poor soil, and requires very little water. What’s more, every single part of the flax plants is then used in making all types of products, from linen clothing to varnishes.
Linen fabric is also recyclable and biodegradable, meaning you won’t be adding to the growing piles of textile waste all over the world.
Linen clothes are usually designed to have a loose fit making them perfect for people of all ages, sizes, and shapes .
By Alyson Walsh
"This full-length linen number is by Cyprus-based label YUME."